Jacob van Huysum (about 1682-1749)
Gentian, Gentiana alpina
Early 18th century
Watercolour and bodycolour
Museum no. 4274
Whilst offering us scant botanical detail, this diminutive study nevertheless captures the essence of the alpine Gentian. This drawing may be a study for one of the floral still-lifes for which Dutch artist Jacob van Huysum became particularly famous, and which fetched high prices. Van Huysum was experimental in his painting style and was the first to use light backgrounds and light paints. His style was widely imitated and his watercolour originals were engraved by others and used to illustrate publications devoted to new and rare species of the early eighteenth century.
This drawing can be found in Print Room Box DP1.